# Michael W. Davidson
I am a PhD candidate in the Political Science Department at the University of California, San Diego. My research focuses on accountability and representation in developing democracies with an emphasis on campaigns, clientelism and weak parties. I use a diverse set of tools to explore these topics. In my work you'll see me using geospatial, text and network analysis, randomized controlled trials (RCTs) and natural experiments--I consider myself an applied methodologist. I am a member and past organizer of UC, San Diego's Human Nature Group.
I speak fluent Tagalog (Filipino) and have spent more than two years living and conducting research in the Philippines. I have also done field work in India and Thailand. For more detailed information about my academic experience and research, please see my CV.